Dodgers shut out Giants in doubleheader sweep

The Dodgers showed off their bottomless bullpen in a two-hit 2-0 win over the Giants in seven innings to finish off a doubleheader shutout sweep on Thursday at Oracle Park. Clayton Kershaw pitched six innings in the 7-0 Game 1 win.
After deciding not to play Wednesday night to protest

The Dodgers showed off their bottomless bullpen in a two-hit 2-0 win over the Giants in seven innings to finish off a doubleheader shutout sweep on Thursday at Oracle Park. Clayton Kershaw pitched six innings in the 7-0 Game 1 win.

After deciding not to play Wednesday night to protest in support of racial equality, the Dodgers returned to the field for their first doubleheader shutout sweep since 1971 against Atlanta. The Dodgers, who would be on pace for a record 118 wins in a normal 162-game season, needed to sweep the doubleheader to avoid losing their first series of the year.

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“For Clayton to set the tone in Game 1 obviously gave us a lot of flexibility in Game 2,” said manager Dave Roberts. “To regroup today, focus on baseball and win two baseball games against a division rival was good.”

Because scheduled Game 2 starter Walker Buehler instead went on the injured list with a blister and super-sub Tony Gonsolin pitched Monday in an intrasquad game, the Dodgers paraded seven relievers at the Giants. Opener Caleb Ferguson was followed by winner Victor González (2-0), Brusdar Graterol, Jake McGee, Scott Alexander, Blake Treinen and Kenley Jansen.

Roberts said Gonsolin would be activated to start on Sunday in Texas, with Julio Urías pushed back to Tuesday.

It was the eighth save of the season for Jansen, who struck out the side after allowing a bunt single to beat the shift and a 3-2 walk. Jansen was coming off a blown save on Tuesday night.

“I think he feels real good this year,” said catcher Will Smith, who had the back end of back-to-back doubles in the fourth inning with Joc Pederson (who also homered). “Cutter’s playing really well, the four-seam doing well as well. He’s dominating. Velo back up and the slider is a put-away pitch. He’s using everything.”

After retiring his first batter, Alexander threw eight consecutive balls to put runners on first and second with one out in the sixth inning. Alexander has an alarming seven walks in 10 1/3 innings. But Treinen came in to strike out Wilmer Flores and get Evan Longoria on a groundout.

The seventh and final inning wasn’t easy for Jansen. Brandon Belt led off with a perfect bunt single to defeat the shift. Jansen struck out Donovan Solano and pinch-hitter Pablo Sandoval, but walked rookie Joey Bart on a 3-2 pitch. But Brandon Crawford struck out on three pitches.

Belt’s line single to center field off Graterol leading off the fifth inning and Belt’s bunt single were the Giants’ only hits.

Pederson scored both runs with a 434-foot second-inning homer to center in the second inning and on Smith’s double in the fourth.

The second game started 35 minutes later than the announced start time. Smith said the Dodgers were notified of the delay three minutes before the expected first pitch.

“I think there was just some confusion as far as lineups and making sure the starting pitcher, their guy, had ample time to ramp up,” Roberts said. “It was just good that our guys were flexible and adjusted.”

Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers for MLB.com since 2001.

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